IsoGrid Requirements

This post is excerpted from the IsoGrid Protocol Specification v0.220. If you’d like to skip ahead, check out the spec!

These are the requirements I started with before designing the IsoGrid.

Socioeconomic Vision:

  • Lower barriers to entry in markets for goods and services that rely on networks
  • Empower individuals to improve their lives
  • Increase individual freedom

Primary Technical Requirements

  • Very-low maximum-latency bounds
    • No overcommit, no oversubscribe
    • Always QOS
  • Efficiently scales to arbitrarily high bandwidth links
  • Efficiently scales to arbitrarily high node/switch count
  • Mesh Topology
    • Multi-path redundancy
    • Disaster Resistant
    • Seamless connectivity for mobile and “Internet of Things” nodes
    • Avoid global protocol mandates that limit economic freedom

Secondary Tech Requirements:

  • Differential GPS everywhere, even indoors?
  • Great multi-cast
    • Any switch is allowed to be a multi-caster
  • Support for asymmetric links
  • Enable high-quality crowd-sourced deep-space antenna arrays
  • Enable efficient use of long-haul space-based wireless laser meshes
  • IP Tunnels over The IsoGrid should be better than existing non-LAN networks with respect to:
    • Reliability
    • Latency
    • Cost
    • Speed
    • Security


  • Does not need to be limited to wireless networks
  • Does not need to be simple, or easy
  • Does not need to fit into existing hardware
  • Does not need to work easily with existing infrastructure
  • Does not need to preserve or promote existing power structures
  • Does not need to conform to any ‘model’ of networking

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